Aug 13 2016 - 9:52 pm

Digital Chaos to challenge Wings Gaming in the TI6 grand final

Digital Chaos has shocked the world by reaching the International 6 grand finals against Wings Gaming
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Digital Chaos has shocked the world by reaching the International 6 grand finals against Wings Gaming.

Coming into the event with little to show for themselves, Digital Chaos have completely turned their fortunes around, eliminating favorites such as EHOME, Fnatic, and now Evil Geniuses on their way to the grand final. The team was quickly relegated to the loser’s bracket, meaning that each series they’ve played at the main event has been played with their backs against the wall.

The semifinal series started out in Digital Chaos’ favor, with the team claiming the first map with ease as Omar “w33” Aliwi and Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok tore through the Evil Geniuses squad. The reigning International champions responded quickly in the second game, in which the terror of Resolut1on’s Slark was only matched by Clinton “Fear” Loomis’ Sven, who pummeled the mixed European roster into submission.

With everything on the line, the third game of the series became a drawn-out affair, as Digital Chaos made split-pushing a priority. The team aimed to spread the defenses of Evil Geniuses rather than confront the massive teamfight provided by Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora’s Tidehunter and Syed “SumaiL” Sumail Hassan’s Brewmaster.

Digital Chaos’ plan worked initially, but after losing a teamfight Evil Geniuses quickly transitioned over to Roshan. With Fear’s Terrorblade reaching critical mass, the fights became harder and harder for the unexpected semifinalists, who subsequently doubled down on taking down buildings and simply aimed to stall Evil Geniuses from sieging their base.

Evil Geniuses seized the moment, and after winning a teamfight in the midlane they charged into Digital Chaos’ base, setting their sites on the Radiant throne. But it all went awry for the North Americans, as Digital Chaos narrowly defended the assault and barreled straight into their opponents barren base. With no buybacks left to defend, Evil Geniuses could only watch their Ancient, and chance at becoming the first-ever two time TI champions, fall to the wayside.

Digital Chaos will now be challenging Wings Gaming in the grand final to decide who gets the lion’s share of the $20.6 million prize pool in roughly an hour’s time. 

Jan 15 2017 - 10:31 pm

Kinguin and Fnatic Academy secure spots in European Challenger Series

The two teams made short work of the opposition.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Fnatic Academy and Team Kinguin qualified for the European League of Legends Challenger Series, taking themselves one step closer to the game's premier competition.

In rather emphatic fashion, the two teams completely decimated their opposition. Both teams were able to secure quick 3-0 victories, and will now be competing in the upcoming season of the EU CS league.

While both teams fell short of first place in the qualifiers group stage, the teams made up for it in spades in the tournament finals. The Polish Kinguin roster were the first team to qualify for the league, as the team completely decimated opponents on Nerv.

Despite featuring former EU CS players such as mid laner An "SuNo" Sun-ho, as well as support Christophe "je suis kaas" van Oudheusden, it seemed as if Nerv weren't able to find any opening against the Polish team.

The final series of the day saw Fnatic Academy, in equally as dominant fashion, defeat Team Forge.

The academy team's display in the three games was incredible impressive, in particular the performances of mid laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer and former FC Schalke AD carry Rasmus "MrRalleZ" Skinneholm, as both players only died once throughout the entire series.

With the qualifiers over, Kinguin and Fnatic Academy now join FC Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Millenium and Misfits Academy in the 2017 Spring Season of the EU CS.

The 2017 League of Legends season gets underway next week, when all regional leagues begin their spring seasons.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.